ANC reinstates workers costing R20m per year – with back-dated salaries

Michael Holenstein, DA Mogale City Caucus Leader. File pic.

Gauteng MEC of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Paul Mashatile, must do a skills audit of Mogale City employees following the reinstatement of a number of ‘ghost workers’.

Former Mayor of Mogale, now the DA Mogale City Caucus Leader, Michael Holenstein, said the ANC has reappointed cadre ghost workers in the Mayor’s Office at a cost of R20 million per year to taxpayers.

“The DA has been reliably informed that the Municipal Manager and HR Department have back-dated their starting dates to 1 April 2017.

This means that these workers will be paid three months’ salary without having done a single day’s work.”

Holenstein said in his statement that the DA-led administration got rid of these ‘ghost workers’, some of whom were earning more than R1 million a year without ever reporting to work.

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“We made sure that when contract positions became vacant, these posts were advertised so that the residents of Mogale City could apply. We put a stop to jobs being reserved for ANC cadres who needed to be deployed without being capable of doing the work. While we were in office, we made progress. We cut the budget deficit by R200 million. Our budget would have seen the municipality have R30 million in the bank by the end of this financial year, instead of being in debt.

“They are determined to take Mogale City deeper into the financial hole that we tried to pull it out of. The DA will not sit back and allow this to happen – we remain committed to delivering on the call for change.”

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